BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Over the last week there has emerged a trend in the ongoing battle for Raqqa city whereby the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are killing about fifty ISIS militants on a daily basis.
At the moment, the main focus of SDF operations in Raqqa is centered around capturing the western districts of the city from ISIS.
As this phase of the Raqqa campaign has been underway, Kurdish sources have been publishing statistics that note the daily losses inflicted on Islamic State terrorists as a result of clashes in various west Raqqa suburbs.
When these various kill claims throughout the different neighborhoods are tallied up, it becomes apparent that Kurdish-led forces are dispatching in excess of fifty ISIS terrorists per day – at least over the last week.
Considering that the last provided manpower estimates on ISIS forces in Raqqa (from about two weeks ago) put their strength at between 1,000 and two thousand fighters, it is clear that such losses are unsustainable and that, in theory, the entire terrorist bastion should be exterminated by the end of the September or mid-October.
This numbers-based calculation estimate more-or-less co-insides with a very recent prediction put forth by SDF commander Haqi Kobani whereby he said that the US-backed alliance will be able to declare total victory over ISIS in Raqqa in just over a month.